Future Text Initiative


The 'Future Text Initiative’ was started by Frode Hegland with the co-inventor of the Internet, Vint Cerf, the founding Director of the Library of Alexandria, Ismail Serageldin, professor of e-Research at the University of Oxford, David De Roure and Head of Research at The National Archives, Pip Willcox as advisors, to stimulate community dialogue and implementation of forward looking text interactions to augment how we think, learn and communicate by enabling and fostering a deeper literacy:



The Future of Text Book

The widest survey of possible futures of text with contributions from deep thinkers in academia, arts, authorship and industry, to be published 20th of November 2020, at the next Symposium:


The Future of Text Symposium

Started 2011 to foster a community around discussions of how text can, and should, develop. The next symposium will be on the 20th of November 2020.


Author with companion applications Reader & Liquid Software Projects

Author is the highest rated word processor in the UK App Store (4.9/5 with 17 ratings) and 4.7/5 globally with 84 ratings. It features powerful views & powerfully easy citing inspired by the work and philosophy of  Doug Engelbart.



Visual-Meta is a step in the direction of making documents (initially PDF) self-aware by adding citation information to the last page and having PDF readers 'read' that data for useful interactions. It is an open, free and extensible based on the easy to read and easy to write academic BibTeX format. Visual-Meta. Normal text that’s magic



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